Leul Mamo - How I Learned the Basics of Coding in Ethiopia
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1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?
2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
The other thing is that there seems to be arguments in the coding community about which language is better or which OS works better and which editor is suitable and so on and this sometimes intense debate is confusing for a total newbie in the field. So having a mentor or a guide to help you out when you are on a journey of being a self taught developer is key, and Break Diving can help there.
The hardest thing about this dive is that when you start out it seems so complicated but, later on you will realize that those first steps are actually the easiest part of your journey as a coder. And also the most important.
4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
So, the easiest thing about coding is it is easy to pursue without a high student loan and so on.
5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
Also, don’t consider it as an easy field: you need to update yourself every day about the new languages, technologies, frameworks and libraries that are available on the market or else your skills will become outdated. As a coder, your skills need updating every day.
6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
Resource 1: www.breakdiving.io - www.breakdiving.io
Resource 2: www.breakdiving.io - www.breakdiving.io
7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).
At the time I use to think c++ and java were the only programming languages that existed, and as a result, I didn’t think much about the coding world and never took it seriously. And when I took those courses, which were actually a requirement for graduation, I thought my perception about coding and technology would change and I would be fascinated by this new world of coding. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way, and thanks to the education and school system I ended up despising coding in general.
After 3 years I found myself in law school dealing with another kind of frustration. And the solution to my present frustration (law school) came to be my past frustration (coding). Haha, let me make it clear.
I found that lawyers (including law students) in Ethiopia faced the inconvenience of dealing with scarcity or unavailability of books, law documents and so on. So, an idea flashed in my head: what if I build a library app, where people can access law documents, books and so on for free. They won’t face the inconvenience of dealing with shortage of materials or long waiting lists at the library or bookstore or crowding their homes with lots of papers and hard copies; they could easily get access without any inconvenience of any kind via this awesome app.
And after moments of inspiration, joy and patting myself on the back, it came to me that I needed to know coding and suddenly c++ and java ghosts came back to haunt me haha. Then I just decided to take a shot. “It wouldn’t be that bad” was my comforting statement and it kind of worked. I decided to take another shot and that was 2 years ago.
At the time, I thought I could develop the app within a day. I don’t know what made me think that way. I guess I watch too many science fiction movies! When I realized that it would take me a while to learn even the basics, and plus I didn’t have the right tools for coding like a decent laptop (I still don’t but I am deep in the coding world, so no excuses scream the Break Divers!), I decided to find a computer science grad who could help me with the coding part of the job and I would do the business and legal part.
After a year or so I realized that learning how to code would have been easier than finding a person who could help me code, haha funny right?! (I wasn’t aware at the time that you can pay coders online and help code things for you plus even if I was there is no online payment system where I come from). So, I just told myself to forget about everything and I just buried my dreams and started to live a normal life. But, I guess I wasn’t called to live a normal life!
About 4 months later, I somehow found myself surfing the web right upon Break Diving. But first, I did a volunteer call of duty in Maputo, Mozambique where I made a friend who was a computer science grad. I didn’t mention about my on/off coding issues and I just listened to his story about his love of coding and passions and so on. And Every time we meet he goes on to talk about coding stuff: web, app development and so on. I didn’t want to be rude at the time, but I was feeling like “I didn’t come here for a CS 101 course man”. Then things about computer science and coding started to be clear and so on and he suggested I learn basic coding if I wanted to and directed to me this website called “code.org” where it is mostly for pre k-12 grade levels, and they directed me to other resources as an adult learner. But, I went with the prekg -12 grade because I felt I really needed the basics.
Well, after couple of months I surfed on to volunteermatch and got the great opportunity to work for Break Diving initially in the marketing department. When I first learned that I was gonna work for a tech company, I was a bit intimidated about potentially working with a place involved in too much advanced coding (well it is a social media company; what did I expect haha). But, the weird thing: after a few days, I felt like I wanted to get involved in this coding stuff and I was motivated by all the coders around me, and I quickly realize that if I was part of the company I needed to know what the heck was going on, right?
So, I was fortunate enough to deal positively with my initial frustration and fear of joining the coding world after 6 years of on and off desire and frustration. I guess in the end, I was destined to pursue coding. Everything played out accordingly and now here I am in that world.
My advice: don’t let fear, and especially fear of failure hold you back from achieving anything. No matter what, if you are destined for something, you can’t get rid of that desire to pursue something, so you will only waste time by allowing fear to hold you back. As you can see, I let fear hold me back and so I wasted 6 good years. By now I would have been an awesome full stack developer if I had just trusted myself more. Or at least a decent one, haha. So, get rid of fear! It only wastes your time.
8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?
9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?
10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Leul Mamo is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Coder - General - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
Certificate number: 3
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